Morecambe boss has injury worries ahead of Exeter trip

Mark Hughes is one of a number of injury doubts for Morecambe at Exeter.
Mark Hughes is one of a number of injury doubts for Morecambe at Exeter.

Jim Bentley could be without a host of players for his side’s visit to Exeter City on Saturday.

The Morecambe boss has a mounting injury list ahead of the trip to Devon with captain Mark Hughes and Andy Parrish amongst those set to be assessed ahead of the League 2 clash.

And Bentley admitted that, coupled with the recent bad weather, the lack of players training in the run up to the game has made preparations for the game difficult.

He said: “It’s difficult to train with the weather because we’ve got a few lads, Jack Redshaw and Kevin Ellison included because of their hips, who won’t train on astro turf.

“There’s also a couple of knocks we’re going to have to leave right up until the last minute so it’s been difficult to work on everything ahead of the game.

“Marcus Marshall is still a couple of weeks away, Ryan Williams needs an injection in his hamstring, Andy Wright’s making good progress and could come back in, Andy Parrish hasn’t trained on his ankle all week, Robbie Threlfall’s had stitches in his eye and Mark Hughes has had stitches in his shin.

“But that’s what football is all about.

“I don’t get too worried about it because when we went eight or nine games unbeaten I was naming five on the bench and then when we were back to full strength we couldn’t win.

“It’s one of those things. You can’t affect it and from that list I’ve just mentioned hopefully we’ll have one or two available and whatever team goes out will be ready and raring to go.”

Despite the injury woes, Bentley is confident his side can end a run of four games without a win.

He said: “Saturday’s a tough game, it always is going down to Exeter.

“We won there last year but they’ve got an experienced manager who knows the league inside out.

“They’re on a bit of a sticky spell themselves but they’ve got a decent squad who were playing in League 1 not so long ago.

“We go in with confidence on the back of two draws which means we’re hard to beat.

“But we could do with a win, it’s four games now, we’re looking forward to getting back to winning ways and hopefully we can do that on Saturday.”